Lead Singer in First to Eleven
First time grape stomper and lead singer in First To Eleven, Audra Miller is excited to jump in and get her feet dirty. You'll see Audra and First To Eleven play later that day at 5 so make sure you look for her purple feet! She's more nervous about the stomp-off than competing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! She may be young but she's ready to "STOMP" the competition!
North East School Board President
Jane Blystone, a boisterous and avid Grape Picker for the past 38 years, will be stomping grapes at Wine Fest again. Jane, who loves teaching kids to read and write, has been a teacher for 44 years. She is the doggy mom to two wild and sassy clown dachshunds, Hans and Max. Come splash some grapes with her again this year.
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Matt Knoedler is a multimedia journalist for Erie News Now weeknights. This is his second year competing in the Stomp-Off, and he's looking to win it all after falling short in the second round last year. Matt loves the North East area and everything WineFest has to offer! A homebrewer off-the-clock, he's hoping to "hop" up the leaderboard this year and stomp his way to victory to help out a local charity!
Sassy Samm Adams is the voice of Middays on HAPPI 927. She’s a proud mother of two (her son Brantlee Adams and Paislee the Chihuahua mix!), an avid Target shopper, stirrer of all pots, reiterator of all points, a sweet petite, she loves to eat, she’s oh so neat, she hates the heat, she loves to sleep, she’s kinda geek...and she’s ready to do some STOMPIN’ for charity!
| Jack Barnes
Lake Erie Eagles
Jack Barnes of Altoona is a forward from the Lake Erie Eagles Hockey team, avid country music listener, fisherman and proud father of Rocky, his Jeep Wrangler who almost never gets stuck in the mud. Jack is stomping for The ANNA Shelter. Being a steak and bacon kinda guy, Jack isn’t familiar with the fruit of the vine but has Rocky on back up in case he gets stuck in the pulp. His competition better be on the lookout because he’s a grinder in the barrel!
| Zack Morris
Lake Erie Eagles
Zack Morris - saved by the buzzer, not by the bell, has been playing hockey since he was four. When not playing hockey for the Lake Erie Eagles or swinging sticks on the golf course, Zack loves to tow his 2016 replica Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup behind his 2001 Ford Taurus while sipping sweet tea. This local boy from Harborcreek is stomping for Erie Police Athletic League and ready to squish the competition between his toes!
Dan Young – husband to the amazing Jeanne, reluctant dad to three cats, and a soccer aficionado! When Dan isn’t watching his fur babies, he’s either going on a wine/beer tour with his wife or coaching the MSA soccer club in Erie! His love for soccer is apparent, as he played for 20 years, in college and internationally! Dan can not only help you learn a few moves out on the soccer field, but he can also teach you a few things about your finances! Time to put away his cleats and get his stompin’ feet ready!
| Samantha Jones
2017 Cherry Queen
My name is Samantha Jones. This year I was crowned the 2017 Cherry Queen of North East. One of my favorite things about North East is the smell of fresh concord grapes rolling through town in the month of September. My dream job would to become a high school math
teacher here at North East.
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Originally from Virginia, David has lived in both Mississippi and Texas before moving to the beautiful Erie, Pennsylvania. He loves being outside, cooking and watching the Cubs or Dolphins during his free time! When working, David enjoys forecasting the weather and pointing at a green screen while talking to himself! He’s ready to chase the competition away!
Loves swimming, floating around in the water, cheering on the reigning OHL Champions and being one of the top mascots in the Ontario Hockey League! Shooter enjoys throwing popcorn on opposing fans, using a toilet paper gun to coat fans with (unused) toilet paper and pumping up the crowd on game night! His favorite pastime is spending time with the 2017 J. Ross Robertson Cup!
2017 Grape Queen
Erie Bayhawks Super Fan